Crews make progress on Lolo wildfires

Lolo, MT - Firefighters are making progress against a pair of wildfires burning west of Lolo.

Fire officials said late Thursday the Lolo Creek Complex is 30 percent contained. They say the fires are holding at about 9,500 acres, or less than 15 square miles.

Crews took advantage of a break in the weather Thursday to dig fire line and shore up protection for 1,200 threatened homes.

Information officer Dixie Dies says it was a good day for firefighters because forecast wind gusts of up to 50 mph never materialized.

The lightning-caused fires burned five homes Monday and forced the closure of U.S. Highway 12 to traffic from Sleeman Gulch to Lolo Pass.

Firefighters on Friday are working to keep the fire from spreading east over Sleeman Gulch and south over Highway 12.